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Understanding the Basics of Mold Damage to Your Raleigh Home

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Basics of Mold Damage to Your Raleigh Home Finding mold in your home does not need to cause a panic. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation as Well as Preventative Tips for Homeowners 

Mold can cause extensive damage to your Raleigh home if it is neglected. Understanding the basics about mold can help you spot the early signs of the damage and take steps to mitigate the problem before it gets out of hand.

The best line of defense against mold damage to your Raleigh home is to act fast and seek professional help. SERVPRO technicians have a better chance to control the situation if they spring into action during the early stages of the damage. Here are some facts that you should be aware of regarding mold and the damage it causes to your home.

Mold begins with a spore
Spores are microscopic structures that germinate to form mold. As they are microscopic, they can stay suspended in the air for a long time, and even a tiny mass can contain thousands of individual spores. If a mass of these spores is disturbed by anything, thousands of them are set free and can float in the air to reach almost anywhere in your home. SERVPRO professionals have the necessary equipment to limit this spread and contain the damage.

As the spores are tiny, even a gentle wind can carry them off and keep them suspended. The airborne spores eventually do settle down due to the gravity.

Spores germinate to form mold colonies
Spores can stay dormant for a very long time, waiting for the right conditions for germination. The right conditions include high moisture content, the right temperature and organic material to support growth.

Once the spores settle on a surface, they can absorb excess moisture and swell. They begin to grow by forming a network of filaments called hyphae. Some of these hyphae function as make-shift roots and anchor the mold network to the surface. Other hyphae bear spores on their tops.

Right conditions are essential for mold to thrive
Mold can thrive and grow if the conditions are just right. Excess moisture and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees are ideal for the spores to germinate. Organic material such as wood, paper, fabric, walls, can act as a source of food as well.

Any surface that is open to the air accumulates spores over time, and if the conditions of temperature and moisture are conducive, mold can start growing.

Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest today at (919) 790-1222 to schedule an inspection today.

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Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Raleigh Home?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Raleigh Home? Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home.

Fire Damage To Your Home

Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home. Sometimes one of the worst effects fire can leave behind comes less from the flames and more from the extinguishing efforts of the dedicated firefighting teams in the area that put out the blaze. Depending on the severity of the structural fire to your home, extinguishing might have taken quite a lot of water and time to achieve. This scenario can result in a lot of water damage on top of the fire restoration that you already need.

While this is often a lesser considered fire damage aspect to Raleigh homes, excessive water damage is often the result that many families have to deal with before proper fire restoration service can even begin. Fortunately, you have a local restoration company at your disposal that can help you deal with all aspects of fire and water restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to give you back the home you had before the fire ever started.

When our SERVPRO restoration specialists arrive at your home to begin assessing the damage, our concentration lies in preventing further damage from occurring. Our team boards up broken windows and tarps over holes that might have gotten created from the fire or the extinguishing efforts, successfully protecting your home. This process prevents elemental damage from occurring while the inside restoration process is getting completed.

To successfully restore your home from its fire damage, water restoration has to get accomplished first. Our specialists utilize pump trucks and portable pump devices to quickly extract all present pooled water from your floors throughout the affected area. Once drying efforts are a success from combining both dehumidification and air moving equipment, our focus can switch back to assessing the fire damage present in your home.

While there are many stages to successfully restoring your home after a devastating fire, choosing the right restoration team can take a lot of stress and worry off your shoulders. When you are facing fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest. We can be reached anytime at (919) 790-1222.

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Cleaning Up After Water Damage In Raleigh

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning Up After Water Damage In Raleigh SERVPRO Has Industry-Leading Pumping Equipment for Water Removal from Raleigh Properties.

Fast Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Your Home--Call SERVPRO

There may be a number of causes of damage to your Raleigh home or commercial property, but whatever the reason for the damage it needs to be dealt with quickly. The longer the problem is left, the harder and more expensive it can be to put right. SERVPRO has experts in water removal and damage restoration, and we are confident that we can help with the problems you are experiencing.

The most important thing to remember in cases of water damage in Raleigh is that quick action is the key. SERVPRO can be contacted at any stage of the water removal and damage restoration process but for expedient results call when you first notice any excess water so that we can see the process through from start to finish. We can respond to your call quickly and can get started on assessing the extent of the damage straight away. We use tools such as moisture meters to help us find out exactly how much water we are dealing with and this allows us to plan our next steps accordingly. Of course, puddles of water can be suctioned up quickly as we search for hidden water and moisture.

We can remove all excess water through the use of water pumps. These can be either truck mounted or portable, depending on the location of your property and how much water there is to remove. When all traces of visible water have gone, then we use drying mats and air movers as well as a range of other techniques to ensure that there is no moisture left behind. Strategically placing dehumidifiers capture the remaining airborne moisture. This reduces the likelihood that any mold might develop and also ensures that all surfaces are ready for any restoration work to begin.

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to IICRC standards for water damage restoration. This assures our customers that they are getting the very best and professional service carried out on their property.

You should call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest as soon as you notice any signs of water damage in your property. We are available 24/7 at (919) 790-1222. We also serve the areas of New Hope and Brookhaven.

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How To Remove Mold From Your Wake Forest Home

1/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Remove Mold From Your Wake Forest Home Contacting SERVPRO right after you see or smell mold in your home is your best action to start the remediation process and deal with the mold.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Investigates and Then Remediates the Presence of Mold in Your Home

Your Wake Forest home is inevitably going to find times throughout the year where there is a good deal of moisture in the air, and this could present the right conditions for mold to grow. Even something as simple as a small water incident that did not get cleaned up thoroughly could provide the right scenario to feed spores in the air to grow colonies. The trouble is, you might not be able to see these colonies growing until they are relatively widespread throughout the entire area.
 
In any instance where you have discovered mold damage to your Wake Forest residence, you have to know whom you can trust to fix the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians have both expertise and expert training to hold themselves to the high standards required to be IICRC-certified. We have the skill set to identify not only where mold is, but what kind of mold and how to remove that type individually.
 
When we begin our assessment, and confirm the presence of mold in your home, we shut off circulating systems like heating and air conditioning to prevent the new spores from finding a home elsewhere around the house. Our SERVPRO specialists form a barrier around the present colonies using negative air chambers which deactivates spores floating in the air and prevents them from leaving the containment area.
 
Scrubbers with HEPA filters get used to thoroughly clean the affected surfaces and upholstery to remove the organism entirely. The entire process coincides with a continued effort to dehumidify the affected area, successfully removing moisture and preventing the condition necessary for the future growth of mold colonies. Assessing what the cause of the present moisture is an integral part of the remediation process as well, and our certified specialists can often determine where it has come from and how to prevent it from recurring.
 
Finding mold damage in your Wake Forest home might seem like a traumatic event, but with the right professional assistance, it can get rectified quickly and successfully. Give SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest a call today at (919) 790-1222.

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Remediating Raleigh Fire Damage Can Be Complicated

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Raleigh Fire Damage Can Be Complicated Raleigh House Fire? Call SERVPRO for a Stress-Free Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Carefully Manages Restoration Services After a Fire

Cleaning up a Raleigh home after a fire is directed at the big items. First efforts are to examine the structural property and determine what is needed to restore floors, ceilings, and walls. That is where much of the restoration cost comes from, but it is not everything.
 
To completely remediate the effects of fire damage in Raleigh homes; a professional restoration company looks at every item in the home. SERVPRO understands that the items most important to a homeowner are rarely ever walls and ceilings. It is the personal touches like light fixtures and in rooms like the kitchen or living area made by the owners.
 
Kitchen cabinets are among the first personal choices made by a homeowner. The exteriors are usually covered with a clear varnish to emphasize the appearance of the wood, so we remove the handles and back plates to examine the entire surface and then use a mild cleaning agent to remove smoke and soot residues.
 
Interiors are usually unfinished or exposed wood. Our first action is to wipe them down with a dry sponge. That normally removes the residue, but for thicker layers, we wipe down each panel and shelf with a wet sponge dipped in denatured alcohol. If the soot has penetrated the surface, we use sandpaper to remove it.
 
Accents in the living room help define a homeowner’s style. We use special detergents and washing machines to clean curtains and drapes, but we also take care of the drapery rods and valances as well. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians remove them from the walls and wipe down every piece of hardware. Then, they spray silicon on them to protect from future damage. We thoroughly clean the walls before rehanging them.
 
Light fixtures in both rooms and throughout the house are not just personal, but can also be very expensive to replace. To clean them completely, we remove them from walls and ceilings and use as mild a cleaning agent as possible to prevent staining any metal finishes or etching glass covers.
 
Restoring a home means more than just cleaning the carpets and wiping smoke damage from the walls and ceilings. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest understands that our customers want to return to their home, and not just a house. If you need our help, call (919) 790-1222 today.

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How Commercial Water Removal Can Help Your Raleigh Restaurant Get Back in Business

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Commercial Water Removal Can Help Your Raleigh Restaurant Get Back in Business Restaurant owners are likely to face water damage, call on SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Commercial Water Removal Services

Whether you are ready for it or not, as a restaurant owner water damage is almost inevitable. However, if you are prepared, you can handle the incident like a pro and take control of the situation. If you face such an incident in your Raleigh restaurant, make sure that you seek professional help as soon as possible.

Water damage in your Raleigh restaurant can rapidly get out of hand if you do not act fast. Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can help you get things back in control in no time. Our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to handle any size disaster quickly and efficiently.

We understand that keeping your doors open is crucial for you and your employees. Our technicians work tirelessly to achieve this goal. As soon as we hear from you, our staff springs into action, and we reach you as soon as we can. Once our team is on site, we evaluate the situation, develop a plan, and start taking steps toward restoration.

Stagnant water can quickly seep under the floor, walls and other places in your restaurant and start secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians make sure to not only remove the stagnant water but also eliminate the residual moisture as efficiently as possible. We use some of the best equipment such as pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers and foggers to remove as much moisture from the affected area as possible.

We treat you and your property with care and work with you to develop a plan of action that you are comfortable with, and you can afford.

SERVPRO technicians are available round the clock and are eager to put their skills and expertise to work for you. All you need to do is make a call to SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 as soon as possible. We will make sure that your restaurant is back to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible.  

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Three Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Fire Damage in Raleigh

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Fire Damage in Raleigh Holiday Candles Can Cause Fires--SERVPRO Tip

Heed SERVPRO's Advice to Reduce the Chance of Fire & Smoke Damage

Keeping your home safeguarded against fire damage in Raleigh does not take much time or money, but still every year SERVPRO franchises nationwide clean up after hundreds of fires that could have been avoided or prevented with minor changes. While the risk of your home catching fire is probably low, you can drive that risk even further down with some simple changes in your lifestyle and situation. Some of these changes could even end up saving you money on other expenses, in addition to reducing the likelihood of a future fire.
 
A Good Lightning Rod
Lightning remains one of the most common causes of fire damage in Raleigh and other cities in the Carolinas due to relatively frequent rainfall, thunderstorms, and the occasional hurricane in many months of the year. Lightning rods are designed to attract lightning to a contained, grounded metal avenue, and prevent many fires from starting every year across the United States. Make sure your lightning rod(s)is in good condition and, if you do not have one installed, consider hooking one up to your property. Nearby tall trees can also divert lightning away from your home, but can also catch fire themselves and later spread to the home.
 
Keeping Lights Off
Not only does reducing lightbulb usage in your home save money on power expenditures, but it also significantly lowers your risk of an electrical fire. Traditional light bulbs may sometimes produce sparks or catch fire when they burn out or experience a power surge, potentially blooming into a dangerous and fast-spreading electrical fire. Consider investing in newer LED lighting, or just flip the lights off whenever you do not need them.
 
No More Candles
Candles are a remarkably common source of house fires in the United States, even though most American homes use them only for decorative and ambiance purposes. While candles can imbue the air with a pleasant smell and make your home prettier, they are also a huge fire hazard. At the very least, you should put out any candles when you leave the room for longer than a two or three minute period, but cutting back on their usage altogether is often a better option.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is an experienced local provider of fire damage restoration and cleanup services. If your home has been affected by fire, call us at (919) 790-1222.

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How Flood Damage can Affect Your Raleigh Residence when Appliances Malfunction

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Flood Damage can Affect Your Raleigh Residence when Appliances Malfunction Accidents can happen from broken or worn out pipes. If your home is flooded as a result, contact SERVPRO for quick remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly After a Water Damage Incident in Your Home

We know that protecting your Raleigh home from damage is a recurring task that you take seriously. Your home is one of your most substantial investments and provides the majority of your family's protection. Making sure it remains intact and damage-free ensures that your family stays protected from the elements and other dangers.

One problem that occurs in homes is flood damage in Raleigh caused by a broken water line. Washing machines, dishwashers, or ice makers can quickly flood a home when the line supplying the water breaks or comes loose. Even a partial detachment can create a catastrophe. Water heaters can also cause the same issues and with even worse complications than the other appliances.

All too often, once installed, these lines rarely receive a second thought. Without thinking about these, inspection of those same lines does not happen as it should. While homeowners can help prevent these from happening, this is only true when a loose hose or worn out hardware is detected before a problem happens. Timely inspections cannot eliminate all problems, only decrease their possibility.

Because accidents happen with even the most diligent care, SERVPRO offers 24-hour service. Every second counts when your home is taking on water, so we respond when you need us, for your convenience. When we arrive, we arrive ready to start removing the water, helping your home recover from the water that slowly but steadily sets in throughout your home.

The water coming from water lines is clean and drinkable, until it hits the floor and becomes contaminated. Even if your home is spotless, residues from cleaners and home care products can mix in the water and spread to areas where they then cause damage. If we can remove the water quickly enough, and if several other factors are favorable, the chances of saving any carpeting increase.

Just as we take extraordinary measures to dry a wood floor, there are newly developed methods that can now restore carpeting. However, these measures usually fail when flooding comes from outside sources because of the amount of contamination. If interior-sourced water stagnates inside your home, this can also cause these measures to become ineffective.  

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest wants to help your family recover after flood damage, including helping you retain your current carpeting. Call us at (919) 790-1222 for the latest in technological advances and equipment used by IICRC-certified technicians who care about your family and your home.

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Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Raleigh Restaurants Closed

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Raleigh Restaurants Closed Whenever a Raleigh restaurant sustains commercial fire damage, it can take a very long time to get everything back to normal again.

Commercial Fire Damage

Kitchen fires can happen in both homes and businesses. When a restaurant in Raleigh experiences one, it can change everything in a matter of minutes. After the primary shock and evacuation of your restaurant, diners typically expect you to reopen quickly. After all, it was only a 'small fire.'

However, whenever a Raleigh restaurant sustains commercial fire damage, it can take a very long time to get everything back to normal again. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training and education so they can remediate problems caused by smoke, soot, and fire in a rapid manner. Working quickly not only gets the job done faster but it also keeps existing damage from spreading.

While experts recommend against using water on a kitchen fire as it sits on the stove, any areas that catch fire where firefighters attend to later can sustain water damage, as well. This damage continues to spread. It can also affect metal throughout your kitchen.

As moisture seeps underneath floors, inside walls, and behind cabinets, smokey residues and soot slowly harden on materials. The black-coated walls, shelves, equipment, and anything else needs specialized cleaning skills to restore them again. Without timely removal, the materials covered by soot and smoke can lose their shine or luster when cleaning does take place later.

Charring of walls and other structures requires repairs, as well. Removal of damaged materials and followed by replacements helps cut the odor down a great deal. However, the soot and smoke permeate everywhere, including the dining area. Your patrons might not expect the scent of your restaurant to also return to normal, but if it smells bad when they return, you should expect complaints.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) works alongside the rest of our crew members, ensuring your restaurant is genuinely ready to reopen. Scent makes up a large part of our daily lives. While eating a meal, much of the taste is made up of how it smells. Bad smells can adversely affect the taste so almost any food. We want to make sure that even the food served at your restaurant is once again “Like it never even happened.”

The technicians of SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest enjoy eating at our local restaurants with their families, and we want to help your restaurant reopen quickly after fire damage. Call us for our 24-hour service at (919) 790-1222 any day of the year.

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How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Raleigh Home

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Raleigh Home Water Damage from Clogged Gutters in Raleigh Is Not Necessary with Inspections--SERVPRO Tip

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Property After Rains or Floods Occur

Prevention is better than cure,’ so goes the old English adage. Water damage to your Raleigh homes and real estate property is a hazardous eventuality. As such, it is in your best interest to employ all tactics to see to it that it does not happen at all. You can only be sure of this if you are acquainted with all the possible strategies and best practices for prevention.

We at SERVPRO are familiar with these preventive strategies. This arises out of our experience with the mitigation of water damage in Raleigh. Our skilled and IICRC-certified technicians have compiled a list of these strategies and would be glad to share them with you.

By far the most outstanding tool in this arsenal is the proactive approach. This entails putting in place timely interventions beforehand rather than waiting for the problem to arise first before responding to it.

SERVPRO’s technicians recommend that you carry out regular inspections of your premises and properties. This way, you can be able to identify potential hotspots and develop a counteractive response. Doing this shall also earn you the benefit of spending less on restoration services and forestalling worse damages to your property.

Unclogging your drains and gutters regularly suggested by SERVPRO ensures a smooth flow of water and eliminates most chances of water intrusion because of poor rainwater channeling from away the structure. This also goes a long way in reducing the likelihood of your property suffering damages from mold infestations and foul odors.

Nothing lasts an eternity. The plumbing parts and components of your premises are by no means exceptional. Consider a timely and regular replacement of the worn out parts and components of your property’s plumbing system. This way, you can ward off the possibilities of water damage caused by the malfunctions of these parts.

If your home or business is in need of water removal and restoration, rely on a professional local franchise SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest for positive results. Call us 24/7 at (919) 790-1222.

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